Another Non-Ron Paul Relative for Ron Paul

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March 13 2012 11:47 AM

Another Non-Ron Paul Relative for Ron Paul

Ron Paul's presidential campaign announces an endorsement from Rep. Tim Johnson, the rarely-quoted, inscrutable member from central/eastern Illinois. The words attributed to Johnson in the release are downright flag-waving: "The Ron Paul Revolution has indeed taken hold in this country and I am proud to be able to stand with this great American."

The Johnson endorsement requires a big shift to my chart of Ron Paul's congressional endorsements. Previously, Paul had been backed by Rep. Justin Amash, Rep. Walter Jones, and Sen. Rand Paul.

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The Johnson endorsement changes the game:

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Johnson's turf in Illinois happens to cover Champaign-Urbana, the locus of the University of Illinois. Coincidentally enough, Paul is campaigning on that campus tomorrow. Illinois doesn't have party registration, which makes it one of the increasingly-rare places where liberal Paul fans can show up and pull Republican ballots. Can it matter for Paul? No idea. In 2008, he won 5 percent of the vote statewide in Illinois, and 7 percent in Champaign County.

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. 

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